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Faculty
John Zaller
Professor

John Zaller

Professor

Contact Information

Email    zaller@ucla.edu
Office  3355 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 825-4331
John Zaller studies American politics and public opinion. His first book, The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion (Cambridge, 1992), explored how political messages reach the public and influence its thinking. His forthcoming book, A Theory of Media Politics, describes how the conflicting interests of reporters, politicians, and citizens shape the news. A second in-progress book, which is co-authored with three graduate students in the department, is called Beating Reform: The Resurgence of Parties in Presidential Nominations, 1980 - 2000. Its argument is that, by coordinating among themselves and controlling the resources necessary to run in the primaries, party leaders now control presidential nominations as firmly as they did in the period prior to the McGovern-Fraser reforms. Other recent projects use simulation models to explore incumbency advantage in House elections and to determine the power of opinion surveys to identify the influence of media events on public sentiment. Professor Zaller teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in American politics, public opinion, and statistical methods. He served for eight years on the Board of Overseers of the National Election Studies and has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Degrees

U.C. Berkeley, 1984

Fields of Study

American Politics

Current Courses by Term

2018 Fall Quarter

Political Parties and Interest Groups: Political Parties

Honors Contracts

Seminar: Political Behavior

2019 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Politics